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Post traumatic stress
Legal update
Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors &
Advocates of Leeds, explains that cultural change and some investment is needed
to meet the psychological health needs of frontline police officers.

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An interrogation of rights
Legal Update
In November 2008, a little-known case known as Salduz v Turkey was decided by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. It raised a number of issues including the right of access to a lawyer during interrogation, as Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates of Leeds, explains.
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‘Gross errors of judgement’
Legal update
Last week, the IPCC published its damning report of the investigation
by the Metropolitan Police Service into the murder of Rachel Nickell in
July 1992. It has taken 18 years for an authoritative and comprehensive
statement of the failures to be made, although a private apology was
offered to Rachel’s partner, Andre Hanscombe, in 2008. Simon McKay, of
McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates of Leeds, examines the findings.

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Criminal Law Week
Criminal Law Week




The following article is written for Police Professional by the editors
of Criminal Law Week. Criminal Law Week is used by criminal justice
professionals – including police officers, the CPS, judges and lawyers
– to stay up to date with changes in the criminal law. Published
weekly, each issue contains a comprehensive and concise roundup of new
developments regarding offences, police powers, and the rules of
procedure and evidence. It also contains commentary placing key
developments in context. Criminal Law Week is published both online and
in hardcopy. The online service (which includes a fully searchable
database and access to updated and annotated key criminal legislation)
is available free of charge to all police officers as part of a PNLD
subscription at www.pnld.co.uk. For more information about Criminal Law
Week or a sample hard copy issue please visit www.criminal-law.co.uk or
call 01483 414040.

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A bugbear for police
Legal update
Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates of Leeds, looks at police use of listening devices in covert surveillance.
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Authorisation at source
Legal Update
Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates of Leeds, looks at the use and conduct of a covert human intelligence source who is engaged in participation in criminality.
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Declaration of incompatibility
Legal update
Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates of Leeds, looks at
the controversy surrounding the ‘notification provisions’ of the Sexual
Offences Act 2003.

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Powers of surveillance
Legal update
Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates of Leeds, looks at
the self-imposed limitations of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers
Act 2000.

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Custody time limits
Legal update
Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate published a report
last week on the way the CPS handled custody time limits. It was a
mixed report, though welcomed by the Director of Public Prosecutions,
Keir Starmer QC. Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates
of Leeds, looks at the findings.

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Treading a difficult line
Legal Update
Simon McKay, of McKay Law Solicitors & Advocates of Leeds, looks at
the ‘Policy for Prosecutors in respect of Cases of Encouraging or
Assisting Suicide’.

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